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  • Bogus Ballots

    Our investigation uncovered what one legal expert deemed “systematized voter deception” at play during the October 3, 2019 Memphis municipal elections. Within seventeen days, we brought to light a half-million dollar citywide disinformation campaign, in which more than a dozen campaigns, including the mayor’s, were involved in a pay-to-play scheme that put Republicans and Democrats alike on a widely distributed flyer posing as the local Democratic Party’s list of endorsements.
  • Broken Ballots

    After a primary election in "an inner city legislative precinct in Memphis" finished with a margin of just 13 votes for the winner, the Commercial Appeal looked into the election. Among its findings were: "names of dead people and others on vacant lots were used to cast ballots." Also, a poll worker who was tasked to monitor voting and "whose signature appears on Election Day records including vote tallies from voting machines was actually in New York on a taxpayer-funded trip that day, not at the polling place." In addition, hundreds of deceased persons and people who have moved away are still on the voter lists, and many Election Day workers at the polls have criminal records.
  • Small-Town Election, Big-Time Trouble

    The stories chronicled election fraud in two small communities. In the first community, one candidate's mother headed up the registrar's office, while in the other community, Gate City, the mayor manipulated the absentee voting system to his advantage, sometimes filling the forms of elderly absentee voters himself.
  • Detroit Election Fraud

    The Detroit News found negligence in election oversight and election fraud in Detroit. Reporters found that city employees were coaxing nursing home residents to vote, ballots were sent to juvenile detention homes, the voting rolls had 300,000 registrants who had moved or died, and people were voting from abandoned homes and vacant lots. After the story ran, the FBI and state officials seized city voting records.
  • Election 2004: Stolen or Lost?

    The author investigated claims that the 2004 election in Ohio was stolen from the democrats through political fraud. The results of the investigation found this not to be the case.
  • Political Questions - James J. Chavez

    This report asked a lot of questions about James J. Chavez, a local politician who ran for a seat on the board of the Maricopa County Special Health Care District. The investigators found that Chavez lived outside of the district, that the address he provided inside the district was fake, and that both his college degree and MBA were not valid. Furthermore, the investigation found that he mismanaged funds in a non-profit organization that he worked for.
  • Election Fraud in Kiryas Joel

    Times Record-Herald reports on illegal and questionable votes cast in a Hasidic village "election fraught with fraud allegations." The reporter finds that at least 12 votes have been cast by people who had moved out of the country, or are too young to vote. Another 28 questionable votes have been cast by people registered to vote in two places at the same time - Orange County and New York City. Some attorneys have challenged the eligibility of more than 500 people, or about 10 percent of the population of the village, the Record-Herald reveals.
  • Election fraud claims: a collection of stories focusing on Louisiana's 1996 U.S. Senate race

    The election fraud allegations made by Republican Louis "Woody" Jenkins after he was defeated by Democrat Mary Landrieu were serious enough to provoke a formal investigation by the U.S. Senate Rules Committee. But the newspaper found that some people who had made the election-fraud allegations may have taken bribes.
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    Republicans were ahead in four of the five countywide offices in heavily Democratic St. Clair County, until the votes came in from East St. Louis, leading to another sweep for the Democrats. The News-Democrat investigated and found dozens of examples of vote fraud, including payoffs, forgery and houses stacked with registered voters who don't live there. (1995)